Born Christopher Maurice Brown, his debut self-titled album went double-Platinum and his single "Run It!" reached #1 on the U.S. charts in 2004.
He grew up in an abusive household, where he listened to Stevie Wonder. He later moved to New York City, where he recorded nearly fifty songs in six months.
His 2011 album F.A.M.E. sold 270,000 copies the week of its release, and hit #1 on the U.S. Billboard.
He was in a relationship with Ammika Harris.
He made a comeback in 2011 with the help of Busta Rhymes, who co-wrote the song, "Look at Me Now."